Trump says ACA replacement plan nearly complete, promises insurance for all

In an interview with The Washington Post Saturday, President-elect Donald Trump said he is nearly finished with a replacement plan for the ACA.

He plans to unveil the plan alongside House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as soon as his nomination for HHS secretary, Rep. Tom Price, MD, R-Ga., is confirmed, according to the report.

Though reluctant to give details about the plan, Mr. Trump said the plan's goal is to offer insurance for all, according to the report.

"We're going to have insurance for everybody," Mr. Trump said, according to The Washington Post. "There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can't pay for it, you don't get it. That's not going to happen with us." His replacement plan will be simpler than the ACA and less expensive, though it will not be a single payer plan, he added.

The plan will also address growing pharmaceutical costs, and pave the way for drug companies to negotiate directly with government for Medicaid and Medicare prices.

Elaborating on Mr. Trump's interview, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said on NBC's Today show Monday that the President-elect plans to achieve his goals of insurance for all by injecting competition into the insurance marketplace, allowing direct negotiation with pharmaceutical companies and allowing the sale of health insurance across state lines. The plan will not expand government healthcare, Mr. Spicer said.


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